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G.I. Joe: Sigma Six is a cartoon and line of toys.

G.I. Joe: Six Sigma is a process improvement methodology applicable when fighting Cobra Commander.


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  1. Heck yeah it could be used! Afterall, who could disagree that what Sigma 6 should shoot for (excuse the pun) is ultimate customer satisfaction with as few variations and defects as possible. And as an added pro, there’s the cool name. Children the universe over will adore the new G.I. Joe: Sigma Six 6 Sigma toy, complete with Bill Smith action figure, production logs, computer, and assembly line (some assembly required). There’s no way Cobra can stand up against manufacturing methodology like this!
    On the serious side, my little brother (9 years old) is a Joe fan, and I think he could name every single character and their various and sundry weapons and/or powers without pause for thought. Scary! He also builds Lego vehicles for them that are pretty darn impressive, not to mention multi-functional, if I do say so myself. The kid’s gonna be an engineer!

  2. Sure, but has he improved his Lego vehicle production process to include fewer than 3.4 defects per million opportunities? Does he know how to do that? Does he even know what that means? Do you? Because I don’t.

  3. I actually saw a bit of one episode of the new GI Joe SS…

    The old cartoon was a Mom’s apple pie stars and stripes tesosterone driven Real American Hero cartoon about making good choices and defeating scores of pathetic Cobras in constant modern warfare.

    The new Sigma Six cartoon is much wimpier. It’s much more anime in it’s implementation, with overacted faces and voices. Perhaps that’s commentary on foreign animation efficiency and quality.


  4. Ahh, I remember the good old days when GI Joe’s (Yes, I owned a couple) had bodily proportions that were at least slightly believable and came with models of combat weapons and/or equipment that were actually used…
    Tonka, Hot Wheels, and Matchbox have really gone downhill too!

  5. Not to mention Legos. Back in the day the sets were generic enough that you could make whatever you wanted out of them. Nowadays each set is clearly geared towards building just one thing.

  6. Very true! When I was just a little shaver all you got was a box of brightly colored blocks and perhaps a door and a window or two. I don’t think the wheel had even been invented yet.
    Now, my brother has a way around the one-set-one-creation issue. Even when he was quite a bit younger he would get a new set, build whatever it was using the instructions, play with it that way for usually less then 5 minutes and then start breaking it apart to make improvements.
    Like I said, I’m seeing an engineer, even if he doesn’t know what Six Sigma is. ;)
    If it ain’t broke, upgrade it!

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